The Music Editor Selects: Ten Acts To Keep Track Of During Way Out West
The music editor has put together a list of things you must not miss during this year's festival.
She's always been coolest. Long before that pregnant performance with Buffalo Stance at Top of the Pops in 1988, she was involved in making the most innovative punk-influenced funk with Rip Rig & Panic, and over the past decade jazz has been added to that mix on albums with Fire! Orchestra. With last year's Broken Politics , she summed everything up in a rhythmic masterpiece as political and avant-garde as suggestive and immediate. At Way Out West, she is the undisputed queen.
The British rapper succeeds with a fingertip mix of hip hop, afrobeat, r'n'b and afroswing. It's a mix that has great potential on a Stay out West stage.
The Japanese House
Young Amber Bain creates dreamy synth pop that can crush and fix your heart at the same time. The Japanese House makes us fall in love, long for adventure and remember the sad ending. Can't imagine a more appropriate gig at the festival for us who want to be affected.
His crooning, dramatic torch songs and tear-drenching country ballads may seem traditional in all their lingering immediacy. But the secret Orville Peck reveals nothing about its origins, hiding consistently under a giant Stetson hat and behind glittering face drapes and letting texts and videos populate a multicultural queer culture that Nashville has never seen.
A Seinabo Sey concert is a close to religious experience. Such a magical moment, which only has to be experienced. It hardly feels like I have to explain to anyone why they should see our uncrowned sun queen rule the Slottskogen, but expect a powerful live experience, a plethora of guests and an unforgettable evening.
Tromsø-born Charlotte Bendiks makes a dark, arctic bodyhouse with video game effects, dark drums and beautiful samples. Like playing Super Mario inside Berghain.
Mitski is arguably the coolest New York: the arena that plays at the festival. Since her debut seven years ago, she has not only transformed the American indie rock into something distinctly less male-dominated but has also experimented with sound reminiscent of Björk as well as David Bowie.
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